Lepanthes gargoyla Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Full shadeCool TO Warm Spring

Common Name The Gargoyle Lepanthes [named for it's likeness to a gargoyle]

Flower Size 1/4" [.65 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations around 900 to 1300 meters with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 7 to 11 thin, glabrous, lang-acuminate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, recurved margins, acute leaf with the cuneate base contracted into the petiole that blooms in the spring on a congested, secund, successively several flowered, to 1 3/4" [4.5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with oblique floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked Type drawing OK

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